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the pentagon is reaching out to >> welcome back on this wednesday morning. a nice looking shot of the u.s. capitol this morning. 36 degrees. things are looking a little better in the future. but dr. jacqui about what we are in store for today. a little clouds in the morning and then getting better. -- let's talk to jacqui. >> we saw just this much sunshine and yesterday afternoon. more like this today. 36 degrees is our temperature now with calm wind. that means we don't have a wind chill factor to deal with, so that's good news. the cloudiness keeping temperatures on the upside. 32 degrees in frederick this morning, 34 in inwood. 32 degrees in madison. let's look at your report cast for today. partly sunny and cold, 36 degrees at 9:00. partly cloudy and 41 at noon. partly cloudy skies and 43 degrees at 5:00, typical for early february. we have a postal system potentially by the end of the week. more details on that in a few minutes. let's check on traffic. how about today? >> it was busy overnight, but all lanes have been reopened in dumfries. southbound 95, two medivac helicopters aft
the stores in one particular indication. the first robbery we know happened here at pentagon city mall, very busy as we all know. the second in downtown frederick in the middle of the day. now police in both jurisdictions working together to solve these crimes. take a look at some surveillance video of the attack ha happened tuesday -- attack that happened tuesday. at 1:30 at colonial jewelers in downtown frederick. the men force the employees down, spray one with pepper spray, smash into the jewelry case and take off with rolex watches. at pentagon city four men ran inside a store, forcing two employees out of the shop. they smashed the glass case 20 times with a hammer and take off with 27 rings worth $128,000. >> very bold behavior. it's a crowded mall, 11:00 a.m. broad daylight, a very bold behavior. this is something we haven't seen in arlington for a while. >> reporter: the suspects both we're told used hammers during their attack. so that's one common theme that we're seeing here and they both had getaway cars. one leaving downtown frederick. one leaving and smashing through the arm g
on congress to take action to avoid those massive cuts to pentagon spending known as the sequester which kick in march 1st. if march can't pass a big bill, they ought to pass a small bill to delay the sequester for a few more months. house republicans led by john boehner immediately said no way. here we go again. the party of no opposing anything obama wants. we will tell you about that. also tell you the latest on drones and a lot more here on the full court press. but first, let's get the latest. lisa ferguson is here. well, she is not here. she is in los angeles with today's current news update. hi, lisa. good morning. >> close enough. los angeles, d.c. good morning, everyone. the president is in annapolis today after 10:00 this morning and atends the conference at the western annapolis hotel. vice president biden is swearing in john kerry as secretary at state from the state department and then later this evening, he is speaking at the house democratic issues conference in leesberg virginia. he will lay out a renewed plan for combatting climate change
. and was in frederick today was in pentagon city yesterday. one suspect in pentagon city be wearing neon gloves. , one of the suspects also appears to be neon green gloves. it is disturbing. >> this couple say they let the of the ravens celebration not expecting to come to more in usually quite frederick. e lived literally a few blocks away. this is a place that we frequent. it is mind blowing. police hope the public can help them catch these guys. authorities are not saying it the same people, but many are convinced that it is. i really believe it is one and the same. it was in this area of the that those criminals whated the cases and stole appeared to be watches. another similarity in both ran out ofat they store and had a getaway vehicle waiting to drive them out of their. , tomin downtown frederick roussey, abc 7 news. we are following a develop a where a two-year-old boy hospital to an area suffering severe burns. this happened on the 21,000 block of golf estates. that the little hurt himself when he got a cup of coffee. also knew, we are learning about a fire that went a d.c. apartment, killing
. and that is the good news but it could have really gone terribly wrong. the first robbery happened here at pentagon city mall, very busy as we all know. the second, the very busy downtown frederick. now police in both jurisdictions are working together to try to solve these crimes and quickly. take a look at surveillance video of tuesday's robbery, 1:30 in the afternoon at colonial jewelers in downtown frederick. three men run into the store, force employees down to the floor at gunpoint. spray others with pepper spray and then smash into the jewelry case. over at zales in pentagon city monday, four men run two employees out of the shop, smash the glass case, and take off with $127,000 worth of rings. >> very bold behavior. a crowded mall, 11:00 a.m. broad daylight, very bold behavior. this is something we haven't seen in arlington for a while. >> reporter: very bold behavior. they haven't seen it in a while so they'll work very hard to try to get to the bottom of this before it happens again. you can imagine that other jewelry store owners and employees are on edge after seeing this incredible vid
that next paycheck may be smaller is not going over well among the troops. our pentagon correspondent barbara starr has the details. she's working the story. barbara, what's going on? >> wolf, in this town, there's nothing that causes more anxiety in budget politics than the concept of cutting the pay for the troops. but that is exactly what is on the table if congress and the president cannot reach an agreement on a spending plan. the troops usually are happy to see defense secretary leon panetta, smiles and handshakes all around. but days before he leaves office, panetta has bad news. he's proposing less money in their paycheck next year. panetta, a savvy washington operative in budget politics, is leaving it to congress to figure out how not to cut pay and keep thousands of defense employees on the job. >> we will furlough as many as 800,000 d.o.d. civilians around the country for up to 22 days. they could face a 20% cut in their salary. you don't think that's going to impact on our economy? >> but the recommendation to slow the military pay raise will put troops in the middle of t
cross. the fire is still under investigation. >>> a change by the pentagon regarding benefits for same-sex couples who serve in the mitt tri. >> also head, boy scouts of america set to make a decision that could reverse a long- standing and sometimes controversial policy on members who are gay.   this is dylan right here, this is dylan, and this is his big brother hayden. dylan's only five, but he's already been through two surgeries for brain tumors. and he just went through his second round of chemo. and this is their mother, dawn, who runs this loving and happy home. she too struggled with tumors. but that doesn't slow her down. her love of family comes first. their dad, phil, works two jobs, repairing copiers, and on weekends delivering newspapers. but the bills keep piling up, and the heating bill gets pushed off. when you learn about their difficulties, it just breaks your heart. when we asked the biggest oil companies to help families in need, only citgo, the people of venezuela, and president hugo chavez responded. thanks to them, citizens
. we will be live from pentagon in a minute. >>> and falling from space, wow, pretty cool, at a rate of more than 843 miles per hour, that's how fast dare devil felix baumgartner fell when he jumped from space. the official speed has been released. even faster now than those record keepers thought at first. pretty cool stuff. >>> one of our top stories today at cnn, a secret american drone base somewhere in saudi arabia, now this is according, these are reports from two major newspapers today, saying that this u.s. launches these drone attacks against al qaeda targets from that particular base. i want to bring in two folks here at the pentagon chris lawrence also michael holmes from cnn international. chris, it's not a total surprise that this was there in saudi arabia, but certainly it was not something that they officially wanted to reveal. why are they doing it now? >> that's the big question, suzanne, why did this come out? we reported two years ago from our sources u.s. officials were telling us the cia was building an airstrip in the a arabian peninsula. it was hinted it would
spending reform to the pentagon which we all know is the largest federal agency and loses billions of dollars every year to waste, fraud, and abuse. many of my colleagues recognize that no serious plan to address the deficit can go forward without significant pentagon cuts on the table. the balancing act targets $278 billion in wasteful pentagon spending and reinvest those dollars in our teachers, roads, and our future. it is also important to note that these cuts will not harm or undermine our national security. only the wasteful, excessive, and bloated spending is targeted . i am especially pleased to see that this bill includes enforcement language that will audit the pentagon. these measures would increase transparency and accountability with the pentagon budget and get us on a fair and balanced road to fiscal sustainability. oftentimes, my colleagues don't really realize that the pentagon has not been audited, cannot be audited, and we needed audited. i am very pleased that we're calling for an audit of the pentagon. i am going to reintroduce my bipartisan bill to on at the pe
. officials say the pentagon is likely to allow same sex partners access to the on base commissary and other subsidized stores as well as some health and welfare programs. it is doubtful the pentagon could offer medical, dental and housing allowances. benefits require the repeal of the toefs of marriage act, the law which defense marriage as a union between a man and a woman. despite lifting the ban on overly gay and lesbian troops, the pentagon still cannot recognize those marriages. >>> still ahead at 6:00, investigative reporter jenna goes undercover to expose a broken system in the restaurant inspection reports you've never seen. >> and can you save your marriage in a matter of minutes? the simple task that might be the key. >>> and good evening. i'm jeff ranieri in the nbc bay area weather center. we did manage some sunshine by this afternoon. but tomorrow it is going to stay cool. numbers in the mid-50s. we do want to update you two more aftershocks from the 8.0 pacific earthquake. there is no west coast tsunami warnings. we'll be keeping a close eye on it. more coming up. >>> smoking
and infrastructure. the progressive cost test scores concluded smart reform to the pentagon's from which we almost the largest federal agency enlaces billions of dollars every year to waste, fraud and abuse. many colleagues recognize the serious land to address the deficit to go forward without significant pentagon cuts on the table. the balance targets $270 billion in wasteful pentagon spent in an reinvests others in her teachers, rose and future. it's important to know these cuts will not harm or undermine our national security. only the race will come excessive input is spending his targeted. i'm especially pleased to see this bill include some personal language to audit the pentagon. measures have increased transparency and accountability with the pentagon budget and get us on a fair and balanced road to fiscal sustainability. oftentimes colleagues don't realize the pentagon has not been knotted it, cannot be audited and we needed out of date. i'm glad we are calling for an audit of the pentagon. i love richard a bipartisan bill to audit the pentagon as a stand-alone effort to keep wasteful sp
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. this is reality. >> if the automatic cuts go into effect he says expect action from the pentagon including furloughing as many as 800,000 civilian workers for up to 22 days. cutting back on army training and maintenance, shrinking naval operations and reducing air force flying hours and weapons and its. today a group of house republicans proposed cutting the federal work force by 10%. >> our defense should not be used as a bargaining chip because of other policy aspirations of people want to accomplish. >> house speaker john boehner called sequestration a bad idea. he says it was forced upon republicans by president obama. >> it is taking a meat ax to our government and many programs in national defense. >> experts warn the impact would be especially felt in the washington area. >> i am very concerned about it. >> this car salesman says he is optimistic. >> so far we have not seen much of a decline. we don't really see a decrease in sales, but possibly in the near future, yes. >> house speaker john boehner alleges it was because president obama wanted to avoid making tough cuts during a pr
men caught on camera monday smashing a display case inside the zales jewelry store in pentagon city stealing 27 diamond rings. >> i had seen that and when i looked up at my desk and i saw the guy heading toward me, that was the first thing i thought. they're here, same ones. >> reporter: frederick police say they're looking into that possibility. >> we're in communication with arlington pd. we're reviewing their information and showing them our information and seeing if they link up and if they do, we'll work it cooperatively. >> reporter: in both cases it appears the bandits used a hammer to break open the display cases. in today's caper the hammer was dropped and left behind, their victims left to deal with the effects of being pepper sprayed, but they're all okay physically. >> after today's heist police say the hooded men got away in derek colored suv or truck. it was a red -- a dark colored suv or truck. it was a red sedan that was seen leaving the scene in pentagon city. >>> police believe this woman robbed two banks in a matter of minutes yesterday in northwest d.c. one rob
budget, pentagon leaders are worried about the impact in the military. if congress cannot get a big deal, -- >> then they should pass a smaller package of spending cuts and tax reforms. >> get us through the fiscal year and give congress time to work on a budget. >> we should give them a chance to come up with this budget instead of making indiscriminate cuts now that will cost us jobs and significantly slowed down our recovery. >> both sides agree something has to be done, but how? republican leaders are digging in their heels against more tax revenue. john boehner believes there is a better way to reduce the deficit but americans do not support sacrificing real spending caps for more tax hikes. the president signaled yesterday he might be open to changes in medicare and social security. >> coming up, a powerful earthquake triggers a five-foot tsunami in the south pacific. the latest estimates on the damage. you could soon go all we can without mail service. why the post office is cons >> at least five people are dead in the solomon islands following a tsunami in the south pacific. this
not been made on which benefits would be included. pentagon is likely to aallow the partners to have access to some programs. the pentagon repealed a ban on openly gay service men and women 16 months ago stit of florida's python challenge seems to beç&ój paying dividen. the commission says 50 nonnative pythons have been captured during the first three weeks of the competition. officials organized this contevt to raise awareness about the snake's threat to wildlife. about 1500 participants joined the hunt, it ends next week. the person corralling the longest python wins $1500. and those are large. >> coming up, baby boomers living longer than parents but are they living longer. >> and a teenager's attitude gets her in trouble. you're not going to believe what she said to a judge, twice. >> and i'm still taking your questions on twitter and facebook. you can contact me right now and on twitter i'll answer yes your questions here live later. >> i'm spencer christian from our camera in san francisco looking towards sutro tower clouds near the coast and showers coming into our direction. i'll
of the boy scouts decision, the pentagon is announcing a policy shift for guy service members and partners. leon panetta expected to extend benefits to partners of personnel. it remains doubtful that medical, down theal and housing allowances are offered under the new proposal. an extension of those benefits require the repeal of the 1996 defense of marriage act. >>> here's a first look this morning at your morning dish of scrambled politics. >>> the president should be used to cameras snapping away at him in the white house. but he read a statement about the economic plan he reacted to the distraction. >> what's up, cameraman? come on, guys. they're breaking my flow all the time. >> the white house released a photo yesterday of the president working with aides on a speech. coincidentally, the chief speechwriter seen on the right is leaving the white house. he's going to be taking his writing skills to hollywood. >>> a new action figure of president obama is on sale showing him with a shotgun. perfect for skeet shooting. >>> dick morris left fox news after an amazing series of wrong predic
in alabama where a kidnapped 5-year-old boy was held for nearly a week. plus the changes the pentagon could soon be making to its benefits policy for same-sex couples an earthquake in the south pacific triggered a tsunami that killed five people today. the eight -point -0 magnitude quake struck off the solomon islands. four elderly people and one child died when strong waves triggered by the quake hit an eastern region known as the santa cruz islands. damage is still being assessed but the tsunami appears to have caused some damage and disruption at the local airport and nearby villages. a tsunami warning issued for several other countries was later canceled. the f-b-i has released new photos of the bunker where a five-year-old boy from alabama was held hostage for six days. authorities found two homemade bombs yesterday in the bunker where jimmy lee dykes was keeping the boy hostage and continue to search for more today. one was in the underground bunker, the other was in a p-v- c pipe that the hostage taker used to communicate with police. dykes was killed in a raid on the bunker monday.
at zales in pentagon city yesterday. >> but tonight we have brand- new video of a robbery this afternoon at a jewelry store in frederick. our ken molestina is there and the video is just amazing. you really feel for the woman inside at the time. >> reporter: absolutely, leslie. the images you're about to see tell it all. this was absolutely bold. it was daring. these women who were inside at least some of them, police say were hit with pepper spray. folks, once again it was all caught on the crook cam. let's show you what we're talking about. take a look here. you can see three men enter the colonial jewelry store on south market street after 1:00 today. one of the men appears to have a gun and he orders the women inside on to the floor. a second man then with the pepper spray can is seen firing off some of the chemical. the thieves break the glass cases and make off with handfuls of jewelry. the whole thing was over in minutes. thankfully no one was seriously hurt here. let's go on to yesterday. a similar scene at the zales jewelry store inside pentagon's mall. police say they made off
with a budget that everybody could agree on. >> cuts could slow down the economy. pentagon leaders are deeply worried about the impact on the military. the president says if congress cannot cut a big deal -- >> they should pass a smaller package of spending cuts and tax reforms. >> he is thinking short-term. get us to the fiscal year. give congress time to work on a budget. >> they should have a chance to come up with a budget instead of making cuts now that will slow down the recovery. >> both sides agree something must be done. but how? that is the fight. republican leaders are digging in their heels. john boehner said, "we believe there's a better way to reduce the deficit." part of the proposal has included cuts to entitlement programs like medicare and social security. the president signaled yesterday he may be open to some of those. hallie jackson, wbal-tv 11 news . >> some good news for the housing industry. home prices rose by more than -- the most in six and half years. prices rose by 8.3% in december. prices rose last year in 46 of the 50 states. this helps to fuel the housing recov
, the pentagon is announcing a paolicy shift fr service members and their partners. expand some benefits to same-sex partners of military personnel. new perks like issuing military i.d. cards and granting access to various spots on bases or posts are said to be included. however, it remains doubtful that medical, dental and housing allowances offered under the new proposal. an extension of those benefits would require the repeal of the 1996 defense of marriage act. >>> all right, now, for a look at weather. do we want a trough or nor'easter? depending on what side of the country you're on. >> weakest-type storm and areas in the northeast, you can get a big winter storm. anyone has any flight plans or travel across the country on friday, they want to reconsider, especially in new england. that's, again, 48 hours away. the storm coming into the west, a good deal of energy and a lot of storm system into the west here associated and link up with the storm that's going to move into new england. so, it has a little bit of a kick to it. numerous showers out here, high pressure should be a sunny morning
on whether to leave gays to their ranks. and on the heels, the pentagon is announcing a policy shift. leon panetta is expected to expand some benefits to granting access to various spots on bases are said to be included. however, it remains droughtful that mental, dental, housing allowances would be offered under the new proposal. an extension of those benefits would require an appeal of 1996 distance of marriage act. >>> and now for a look at the winter storm that is approaching the northeast. this one's going to be nasty, right? >> it has the potential. i have a feeling this is like the first day of school. this is the big shot a big storm in the northeast ever since november after sandy. that was a crazy nor'easter. but this is your typical midwestern storm. the moisture is starting to increase across texas with the rain and thunderstorms. we've seen that in laredo and san antonio. but this will be the rainy spot throughout the day today. over the next 48 hours we'll track this to the southeast. potentially an inch and a half to two inches of rain in this area north of atlanta. and out
in the pentagon city mall in arlington yesterday. it is not believed the two incidents are linked. no arrests have been made yet in either case. >>> coming up tonight, dramatic new video. firefighters run for cover trying to put out the flames at an elementary school. see what started the fire >> new details are emerging after the daring rescue in alabama. why police saw from, what police saw from afar that forced them to move in and open fire. >> the power struggle in the super dome tonight we will tell you what we know about the blackout at the super bowl. and the >>> cameras captured a close call for firefighters in southern washington state. working to put out a fire at an elementary school. a blast of heat and embers sent crews running for cover. nobody was seriously hurt. the cause of the fire is still under investigation. tonight the fbi has release nude photos after the hostage standoff in midland, alabama that went on for a week. news sources say a fire fight erupted when swat teams stormed the bunker yesterday. rescuing a 5-year-old boy named ethan. the kidnapper, jimmy lee dykes, was ki
to come up with a budget that everybody could agree on. >> cuts could still down the economy. pentagon leaders are deeply worried about the impact on the military. if congress cannot cut a big deal -- >> they should pass a smaller package of spending cuts and tax reforms. >> he is thinking short-term. give congress time to work on a budget. >> they should have a chance to come up with a budget instead of making cuts now that was slow down the recovery. >> both sides agreed something must be done. republican leaders are digging in their heels. "we believe there's a better way to reduce the deficit," said john boehner. part of the proposal has included cuts to entitlement programs like medicare and social security. the president signaled yesterday he may be open to some of those. >> where does our debt stand? >> we have run more than $1 chilean in red ink -- $1 trillion. our debt will be $845 billion. busy projection -- that is the projection. >> 5:27. >> city police investigate a triple stabbing that happened near yesterday's victory parade. >> the weather is nice and quiet this morning
showed you yesterday. these are the suspects robbing the zales jewelry store yesterday at pentagon city mall and it's kristin fisher reports, hope you recognize the men on the tape and give them a call. >> watch closely as four people walk into the zales jewelry store and begin beating the glass case with a hammer. it takes them 20 big wacs wacs before the glass breaks. they reach in, and run out. >> very bold behavior. they are in a crowded mall. 11:00 a.m., broad daylight. very bold behavior. this is something we haven't seen in arlington for a while. >> no one was hurt. the suspects told the store's two employees to get out when they ran in. police believe they got away in a red car by busting through the parking garages mechanical arm gates. the thieves got away with 27 rings. all in, that's about $128,000. now, arlington county police are wondering if maybe it is something to do with the fact that valentine's day is just ten days away. >> they could be trying to pedal these rings for a profit. >> we are asking for help. >> kristin fisher, wusa9. >> if some guy wants to sell
decision has been made on which benefits will be included. but the pentagon is likely to allow same-sex partners to have access to health and wellness programs. the change would come 16 months after the pentagon repealed its ban on openly gay service members. >>> there was a bit of drama today on capitol hill during a hearing on immigration reform. protesters stood in the back of the hearing room and you just heard them there shouting undocumented and unafraid. capital police then led them outside. lawmakers then debated strengthening border security and whether to offer citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants in the u.s. but some members warned against rushing legislation without fixing the problem. >>> the representatives of san jose is a member of the committee that met today. as jaquelin fell reported, he has been leading secret meetings on immigration reform. this is a story you will see only on 2. >> reporter: san jose congresswoman lofgrin has plenty to say publicly about immigration. >> it's a mess from top to bottom. >> reporter: but ktvu has learned she's leadin
decision hasn't been made on which benefits would be included but the pentagon likely to allow same sex partner to have access to the open base commissary and other pill tear subsidized stores and health and welfare programs. pentagon rehe peeled the ban on openly gay service 16 months ago. >> now to a secret document stirring up so much controvers controversy. confidential justice department memo concludes that the government can order the killing of miles per hour citizen if his they are working with terrorists. the story tonight from abc news reporter jonathan karl. >> one count president obama has already used unmanned cia croan to strike more than 300 suspected terrorists targets. even more than his predecessor. but today we learn just how much authority the administration believes it has to kill without trial or evidence suspected terrorists. even american citizens. newly disclosed justice department document says american citizens tied to al qaeda can be killed if quote an informed high level official believes the target poses an imminent threat. document says it quote does not
training, cutbacks in operations, and layoffs of civilian pentagon employees plus civilian defense contractors. >> it's an idiotic management nightmare to try to run a complex sophisticated, long-term program when you have short-term, massive cuts. >> reporter: deep cuts also loom in social services. outgoing defense secretary panetta slammed democrats and republicans for their game of chicken. >> let's see how bad it can get in order to have the other party blink. >> reporter: some senate republicans today said push the deadline back seven months. but house speaker john boehner said in effect he will not blink. >> at some point, washington has to deal with its spending problem. i've watched them kick the can down the road for 22 years that i've been here. i've had enough of it. it's time to act. >> reporter: another obama/boehner battle. for now the dead line stands. 23 days and no deal yet. i'm steve handlesman. >>> floyd corkins is 28 years old. he entered his this morning and told the judge he intended to make a statement against gay rights opponents. he shot a security guard i
officials say the pentagon will extend some benefits to same sex spouses. the defense department is expected to allow same sex partners access to things like housing privileges and recreational activities. the allowances would likely not cover health care benefits. a date for an official announcement on that policy change has not been set. this comes about 16 months after the pentagon lifted its ban on gays in the military. eun? >>> the infamous blackout at this year's super bowl may have surprised you, but not the nfl. the steps the nfl had taken to avoid such a problem. >>> also ahead, why one popular type of beverage may be a bad mix for you when you make a cocktail. >>> a dramatic rescue after a camera catches two teens falling through the ice. >>> 5:06 right now. no icy conditions as you step out the door. that could be changing. the winter weather on (vo) they were married for... 53 years. she was his everything. he can't live alone anymore. but we don't have the room. so, we talked to suntrust... looked at our options... remodeled... for family, you make it work. he taught me that. (a
somewhere by march 1st. otherwise, pentagon spending would shrink by 7.9%. domestic spending by 5.3% and medicare would take a 2% reduction. the president prefers an option that raises more money by closing tax loopholes. republicans want to stick with spending cuts only. a study by george mason university estimated that 448,000 jobs in d.c., maryland and virginia could be affected by automatic indiscriminate budget cuts. business leaders and local congressmen are concerned about the impact on our economy. >> and sequestration will hurt not only the defense side but the non-defense side. my committee funds the f.b.i. there will probably be furloughs at the f.b.i. there will be furloughs potentially at the national cancer institute, at nih. this thing has ramifications for defense and non-defense. >> reporter: the cuts were originally scheduled to kick in january 1st because congress couldn't grow on a broad package to reduce the deficit several times in 2011 and 2012 in excomping for republicans agreeing to raise the debt ceiling and they were pushed off again during the year-end
troops to decide whether to allow gay members. >>> the pentagon is also taking steps to be more inclusive of gays. defense secretary will extend some benefits to same sex partners of military members. comes more than a year after the pentagon lifted the ban on gays serving in the military. >> president obama will try to sell democrats on his plans for immigration, gun control and the economy during a closed door meeting today. this happened in annapolis. the president's ambitious second term agenda relies on support from law makers. >>> and while the president heads to maryland. >> billions of dollars will take effect next month. without one, the district could be hit hard. melanie alnwick is live with the latest details. >> reporter: tony and allison, if you feel like we've been here before, that's because we have. a very long and frustrating game of kick the can here. seems like over and over again. these cuts were supposed to kick in january 1st. back in 2011 and 2012, congress could not agree on a broader package. that was an exchange for republicans agreeing to raise the debt ceiling
, the pentagon would take the brunt of that blow with the rest of the pain coming to domestic programs. >> our economy right now is headed in the right direction. and it will stay that way as long as there aren't any more self-inflicted wounds coming out of washington. so let's keep on chipping away at this problem together, as democrats and republicans, to give our workers and our businesses the support that they need to thrive in the weeks and months ahead. >> the president's called for a fix of short-term spending cuts and tax reform hit a brick on capitol hill. politico reporting that obama's plan dead on arrival, and house speaker john boehner was speaking on capitol hill, right now saying that his party plans to stand with the american people and we want to show you exactly what he had to say about that yesterday. >> on two occasions has passed a plan to replace the sequester. it's time for the senate democrats to do that work. it's time for the president to offer his ideas about how to replace the sequester. >> his first answer to everything is new taxes. and when you think about it, wh
, not to their scout leadership. >> sounds like the pentagon will be making news on this front as well, ed. >> reporter: that's right. we're told we can expect in the next few days that pentagon officials are going to announce some benefits to the same sex couples, basically, involving service members. this will involve sort of health and welfare programs, but it's important to note that it will stop at not recognizing same sex marriages between service members and either, you know, fellow service members or civilians because of the defensive marriage act prevents the government from recognizes those marriages. >> ed henry on the north lawn at the white house. good to see you. >>> lawmakers in a few states are now considering printing or minting their own money. forget about the greenback. that's a myth. virginia has other thoughts or at least some in virginia. we won't put this on all virginia ns. utah nickels, virginia dollars? we'll take a look at it. i say we get hotty-tty-totty benjamins, but that's for later. oh this is lame, investors could lose tens of thousands of dollars on their 401(k) to hi
'd say that. >> and we found that the pentagon is saying it too. the defense advanced research projects agency, known as darpa, did its own analysis, and we obtained this internal memo that concludes there is: do you feel vindicated after all these years? >> i don't have any real need for vindication. i know what i've seen. >> that was a pretty big smile on your face, though. >> it is good. it's not bad. certainly, it's good. >> the pentagon is funding more experiments at the naval research lab in washington, d.c., and at mckubre's lab in california. we wondered what richard garwin would think of the defense department's appraisal. "the experiments leave no doubt that anomalous excess heat is produced." >> well, that's a statement. >> you just don't buy that. >> well, i am living proof that there's doubt. now, they can say that excess heat is being produced, but they can't say there's no doubt. all they can say is, they don't doubt, but i doubt. >> if you asked me, "is this gonna have any impact on our energy policy?" it's impossible to say, because we don't fundamentally understand the
of the president's and of the congress. >> andy kroll, nicolas, thanks to both of you. the pentagon will soon provide some benefits to military partners of don't ask don't tell. leon panetta hasn't finalized which would be provided. a formal announcement is expected in the next several days. and lunesta®(eszopiclone) can help you get there. like it has for so many people before. when taking lunesta, don't drive or operate machinery until you feel fully awake. walking, eating, driving, or engaging in other activities while asleep, without remembering it the next day, have been reported. lunesta should not be taken together with alcohol. abnormal behaviors may include aggressiveness, agitation, hallucinations, or confusion. in depressed patients, worsening of depression, including risk of suicide, may occur. alcohol may increase these risks. allergic reactions such as tongue or throat swelling occur rarely and may be fatal. side effects may include unpleasant taste, headache, dizziness, and morning drowsiness. ask your doctor if lunesta is right for you. then find out how to get lunesta for as
it will fall below the $1 trillion mark. >> sources tell ap tonight the pentagon is ready to offer limited benefits to same-sex partners of gay service members. likely toin clud health and welfare benefits. dpeens secretary has not made a decision because federal law prohibits him from recognizing same-sex marriages. british lawmakers voted in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage. legislation would enable same-sex couples to get married in civil and religious ceremonies. the prime minister championed the bill despite opposition from within his party. before it becomes plau it must still pass the house of lord autos as we continue here, coming up, governor brown's response to a texas raid on california jobs. >> and >>> because gas prices are high it turns out we're driving less but spending more time in traffic. san francisco oakland area is tied did w.lngs langs for having the second worst congestion if the country behind behind washington, d.c.. a study shows drivers spent 61 hours in traffic jams and wasted $1200 wornl of time and gas. >> texas trying to steal away our jobs, taken to th
the pentagon is expected to make changes in its benefits policy for same couples.3the agy begin nsex spouses of servic members military bases, md car of efense secretary leon panetta is expected to make the announcement t ch supports the mo >> jacqueline: mostly sunny skies. and a much needed storm system is leading the bay area. showers lingering towards friday. temperatures will be cooling down several degrees. more on the rain but first about tomorrow. we will start the area with fog. temperatures will be cooler. we will see more clear skies. clear, cold and napa. 34 in santa rosa. also near the coast but for the inland valleys it will be 30's. upper 30's for the south bay. temperatures tomorrow will be made the upper 50s but we will get to 60s and palo alto. upper 50s for the east bay. and 56 in union city, concord antioch. a bit cooler along the coast. 55 in san francisco, san rafael. 60s through napa. the satellite and radar showing the cloud coverage that we saw earlier. clear skies but this system will drop down to the north for thursday. midnight, mostly clear conditions and showers
be granted some benefits. leon panetta is spented to make that announcement and the pentagon has reportedly been going over which benefits they could extend without violating the defensive marriage act. this includes military housing. >>> vice-president joseph biden will administer the oath of office secretary of state john kerry in a swearing in. john kerry has been working at his new job since monday and he said he is making security of american diplomats around the world a prior yourty. -- priority. that comes after what happened last friday, a suicide bomber outside the u.s. embassy in turkey. >>> they are considering a crackdown on certain landlords. supervisors say it would require soft structured buildings to make them seismically safe. there are at least 3,000 structures like those throughout the city. the program will require soft structures to be retrofitted by 20/20 and if not landlords face heavy fines. the city could post a sign saying they violate earthquake safety codes. >>> even though they lost big, his team is no push over. in fact he told his players to intentionally -- >
as access to on-base stores and services. the move comes 16 months after the pentagon repealed its ban on openly gay servicemembers. an announcement is expected in the next few days. >>> great britain is closer to legalizing same-sex marriage. the house of commons passed a bill that would enable same-sex couples to get married in civil and religious ceremonies. the bill must go through several more stages though before it becomes law. the church of england and the conservative party are among the bill's strongest opponents. >>> governor brown is taking on the cowboys in texas who are trying to lure california companies away. here's his response to a new radio campaign out of the lone star state. >> not even a burp, barely a fart. should i liken it when i stand by the ocean? it's a big nothing. a lot of these texans who come here don't go back. >> the spots by texas governor rick perry tout the lower cost of doing business there. he makes regular trips out west as well trying to convince california companies to move. >>> well, we all know the bay ar
. this crime is eerily similar to one that took place at pentagon city mall in arlington on monday. it is not believed the incidents are linked. no arrests have been made in either case. >>> it's about 4:31ment time for a first look at the forecast for this wednesday morning. >> maybe pollen floating around out there. maybe in here. >> i'm sorry. sneezing on the air. >> good morning. we're starting off with a lot of cloudiness and we've had overnight just a few scattered sprinkles that are dissipated. a lot of cloudiness over much of the region. as the morning progresses, the clouds breaking up. under the clouds, temperatures shenandoah valley out of the mountains, a little above freezing. closer to washington, this frederick county maryland, to culpeper, fredericksburg near freezing. near the waters and away from the waters, it's near freezing. nearby suburbs in montgomery county, it's around 30. right near the freezing mark in prince george's county. much of the district of columbia near freezing. prince william into the upper 20s. here's how the day is progressing. our temperatu
, the pentagon set up a cyber command to practice both offense and defense on the computer battlefield. now cyber command is expanding five-fold and we asked bob orr to look into who's behind the computer threat. >> reporter: despite its imposing facade, the u.s. federal reserve could not stop the latest attack. on sunday, hackers broke into a fed computer system then stole and published the private phone numbers of 4,000 u.s. bankers. that breach followed recent revelations that cyber spies had also infiltrated computer networks at three american newspapers: the "washington post," "wall street journal," and "new york times." investigators traced those attacks on the papers to government-backed hackers in china looking to monitor coverage of chinese politics. everyday state-sponsored spies-- the majority from china-- are infiltrating key government and business computer networks inside the united states. u.s. cyber command estimates american companies are losing $250 billion a year in intellectual property. how often are they coming after us? >> it's more than daily. >> reporter: retired general
on camera smashing a display case inside the zales jewelry store in pentagon city stealing 27 diamond rings. patty herwitz is the owner of the frederick store. >> i had seen that and when i looked up from my desk and saw the guy heading toward me, that was the first thing i thought, they're here, same ones. >> reporter: the suspects have done a pretty good job hiding their faces, so no descriptions are available. >> we're in communication with arlington pd. we're reviewing their information and showing them our information and seeing if they link up. if they do, we'll work it cooperatively. >> employees and customers victimized today in frederick were treated for exposure to pepper spray, none of them hospitalized. ed. >>> two people dead after a morning fire at a house that was supposed to be vacant at a row home lounge r street southeast. witnesses say -- along r street southeast. witnesses say they could see flames across the anacostia river. firefighters found the victims inside the boarded up home both reportedly burned beyond facial recognition which may make it very difficult to ide
for the pentagon if congress doesn't act. and he had had some choice words for both sides blaming each for to reach an agreement to avoid cuts to our military. also generally what's happened lately to washington. >> thank you very much. this is not a game. this is reality. these steps would seriously damage a fragile american economy, and they would degrade our ability to respond to crisis, precisely at a time of rising inacross stability across the globe. >> panetta served for 16 years, 8 terms. today he called the defense spending cuts legislative madness. >>> the use of drones continues to make headlines tonight. after our nbc news report about the obama administration's use of drone strikes to target suspected terrorists overseas. that same technology is being used here at home, a lot. not to launch missile strikes of any kind, but as eyes in the sky for a local law enforcement and a lot of other uses. they've got a lot of folks concerned, and some states are moving to ban drones. our report tonight from nbc's john yang in chicago. >> reporter: while the alabama hostage crisis was under way in
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